This Day in History

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Day History: December-11

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Famous Birthdays


1465- Ashikaga Yoshihisa -Japanese shogun (d. 1489)

1475- Pope Leo X -(d. 1521)

1566- Manuel Cardoso -Portuguese organist and composer (d. 1650)

1680- Emanuele d'Astorga -Italian composer (d. 1736)

1709- Louise Élisabeth d'Orléans -French wife of Louis I of Spain (d. 1742)

1712- Francesco Algarotti -Italian poet, philosopher, and critic (d. 1764)

1725- George Mason -American lawyer and politician (d. 1792)

1758- Carl Friedrich Zelter -German composer, conductor, and educator (d. 1832)

1761- Gian Domenico Romagnosi -Italian physicist, economist, and jurist (d. 1835)

1781- David Brewster -Scottish physicist, mathematician, and astronomer (d. 1868)

1801- Christian Dietrich Grabbe -German poet and playwright (d. 1836)

1803- Hector Berlioz -French composer, conductor, and critic (d. 1869)

1810- Alfred de Musset -French author, poet, and playwright (d. 1857)

1830- Kamehameha V -of Hawaii (d. 1872)

1838- John Labatt -Canadian brewer and businessman (d. 1915)

1843- Robert Koch -German microbiologist and physician, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1910)

1856- Georgi Plekhanov -Russian philosopher, theorist, and author (d. 1918)

1858- Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko -Russian director, producer, and playwright (d. 1943)

1863- Annie Jump Cannon -American astronomer and academic (d. 1941)

1867- Antonio Conte (fencer)|Antonio Conte -Italian fencer (d. 1953)

1872- René Bull -Irish illustrator and photographer (d. 1942)

1873- Josip Plemelj -Slovenian mathematician and academic (d. 1967)

1875- Yehuda Leib Maimon -Moldovan-Israeli rabbi and politician (d. 1962)

1880- Frank Tarrant -Australian cricketer and umpire (d. 1951)

1882- Subramanya Bharathi -Indian journalist and poet (d. 1921)

1882- Max Born -German physicist and mathematician, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1970)

1882- Fiorello H. La Guardia -American politician, 99th Mayor of New York City (d. 1947)

1884- Piet Ooms -Dutch swimmer and water polo player (d. 1961)

1885- Carlo Wieth -Danish actor (d. 1943)

1889- Walter Knott -American farmer and businessman, founded Knott's Berry Farm (d. 1981)

1890- Carlos Gardel -French-Argentinian singer-songwriter and actor (d. 1935)

1890- Mark Tobey -American-Swiss painter and educator (d. 1976)

1897- Ronald Skirth -English soldier (d. 1977)

1898- Benno Mengele -Austrian electrical engineer (d. 1971)

1899- Julio de Caro -Argentinian violinist, composer, and conductor (d. 1980)

1904- Marge (cartoonist)|Marge -American cartoonist (d. 1993)

1905- Robert Henriques -English farmer, author, and broadcaster (d. 1967)

1905- Gilbert Roland -Mexican-American actor and singer (d. 1994)

1908- Elliott Carter -American composer and academic (d. 2012)

1908- Manoel de Oliveira -Portuguese actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1908- Hákun Djurhuus -Faroese educator and politician, 4th Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands (d. 1987)

1908- Amon Goeth -Austrian SS officer (d. 1946)

1909- Ronald McKie -Australian author (d. 1991)

1909- John Wyer -English race car manager and engineer (d. 1989)

1910- Noel Rosa -Brazilian singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1937)

1911- Val Guest -English-American director, producer, screenwriter, and composer (d. 2006)

1911- Naguib Mahfouz -Egyptian author, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2006)

1911- Qian Xuesen -Chinese scientist and academic (d. 2009)

1912- P. Manicavasagam -Sri Lankan politician

1912- Carlo Ponti -Italian-Swiss film producer (d. 2007)

1913- Jean Marais -French actor and director(d. 1998)

1916- Pérez Prado -Cuban-Mexican singer-songwriter, pianist, and bandleader (d. 1989)

1918- Clinton Adams -American painter and historian (d. 2002)

1918- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn -Russian soldier and author, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2008)

1919- Cliff Michelmore -English television hot and producer

1919- Marie Windsor -American actress and singer (d. 2000)

1920- Denis Jenkinson -English motor sport journalist (d. 1996)

1921- Ilmar Laaban -Estonian poet and publicist (d. 2000)

1921- Liz Smith (actress)|Liz Smith -English actress

1922- Grigoris Bithikotsis -Greek singer-songwriter (d. 2005)

1922- Pauline Jewett -Canadian academic and politician (d. 1992)

1922- Dilip Kumar -Pakistani-Indian actor, director, and screenwriter

1922- Maila Nurmi -Finnish-American actress, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2008)

1922- Grace Paley -American author and poet (d. 2007)

1923- Betsy Blair -American-English actress and dancer (d. 2009)

1923- Lilian Cahn -Hungarian-American businesswoman, co-founded Coach, Inc. (d. 2013)

1923- Nikolai Matvejev -Estonian cyclist (d. 1984)

1924- Doc Blanchard -American football player and colonel (d. 2009)

1925- Aaron Feuerstein -American businessman and philanthropist

1925- Paul Greengard -American neuroscientist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate

1925- James Sullivan (city manager)|James Sullivan -American politician (d. 2012)

1926- Big Mama Thornton -American singer-songwriter (d. 1984)

1927- John Buscema -American illustrator (d. 2002)

1929- Axel Anderson -German-Puerto Rican actor (d. 2012)

1930- Chus Lampreave -Spanish actress

1930- Jean-Louis Trintignant -French actor, director, and screenwriter

1931- Rajneesh -Indian guru, mystic, and educator (d. 1990)

1931- Ronald Dworkin -American philosopher and scholar (d. 2013)

1931- Rita Moreno -Puerto Rican-American actress, singer, and dancer

1931- Pierre Pilote -Canadian ice hockey player

1931- Jerome Rothenberg -American anthropologist and poet

1932- Enrique Bermúdez -Nicaraguan colonel and engineer (d. 1991)

1932- Anne Heywood -English actress and singer

1932- Aladár Kovácsi -Hungarian pentathlete (d. 2010)

1932- Keith Waldrop -American author and poet

1933- Aquilino Pimentel, Jr. -Filipino politician, 23rd President of the Senate of the Philippines

1935- Ron Carey (actor)|Ron Carey -American actor (d. 2007)

1935- Pranab Mukherjee -Indian politician, 13th President of India

1935- Elmer Vasko -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1998)

1936- Hans van den Broek -Dutch lawyer and politician, List of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands|Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs

1936- Taku Yamasaki -Japanese politician

1937- Jim Harrison -American author and poet

1938- Reg Livermore -Australian actor and singer

1938- Enrico Macias -Algerian-French singer-songwriter and guitarist

1938- McCoy Tyner -American pianist and composer

1939- Tom Hayden -American politician and activist

1939- Thomas McGuane -American author

1940- David Gates -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Bread (band)|Bread)

1940- Donna Mills -American actress and producer

1941- Max Baucus -American lawyer and politician

1941- J. P. Parisé -Canadian ice hockey player, coach, and manager

1941- Rogier van Otterloo -Dutch conductor and composer (d. 1988)

1941- J. Frank Wilson -American singer-songwriter (J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers) (d. 1991)

1942- Anna Carteret -Indian-English actress

1943- John Kerry -American lieutenant, lawyer, and politician, 68th United States Secretary of State

1943- Betty Kershaw -English nurse and academic

1944- Jon Garrison -American tenor

1944- Lynda Day George -American actress

1944- Brenda Lee -American singer

1944- Juan E. Méndez -Argentinian lawyer, academic, and activist

1946- Rhoma Irama -Indonesian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

1946- Diana Palmer (author)|Diana Palmer -American author

1947- Teri Garr -American actress and dancer

1948- Stamatis Spanoudakis -Greek guitarist and composer

1949- Noel Campbell (footballer)|Noel Campbell -Irish footballer and manager

1950- Nino Frassica -Italian actor

1950- Christina Onassis -American-Argentinian businesswoman (d. 1988)

1951- Ria Stalman -Dutch discus thrower and shot putter

1952- Peter Geyer -German footballer

1953- Bess Armstrong -American actress

1954- Brad Bryant -American golfer

1954- Santiago Creel -Mexican lawyer and politician, Secretariat of the Interior (Mexico)|Mexican Secretary of the Interior

1954- Jermaine Jackson -American singer-songwriter, bass player, and producer (Jackson 5)

1954- Guðlaugur Kristinn Óttarsson -Icelandic guitarist, mathematician, and engineer

1955- Gene Grossman -American economist

1955- Stu Jackson -American basketball player, coach, and manager

1955- Christian Sackewitz -German footballer and manager

1956- Lani Brockman -American actress and director, founded Studio East

1956- Andrew Lansley -English politician, Secretary of State for Health

1957- Peter Bagge -American author and illustrator

1958- Isabella Hofmann -American actress

1958- Chris Hughton -English-Irish footballer and manager

1958- Nikki Sixx -American bass player, songwriter, and producer (Mötley Crüe, Sixx:A.M., Brides of Destruction, London (heavy metal band)|London, 58 (band)|58, and Sister (band)|Sister)

1960- Rachel Portman -English composer

1961- Dave King (Irish singer)|Dave King -Irish-American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Flogging Molly and Fastway (band)|Fastway)

1961- Steve Nicol -Scottish footballer and manager

1961- Macky Sall -Senegalese engineer and politician, 4th List of Presidents of Senegal|President of Senegal

1961- Marco Pierre White -English chef and television host

1962- Ben Browder -American actor

1962- Paul Haslinger -Austrian-American keyboard player, guitarist, and composer (Tangerine Dream)

1962- Nele Karajlić -Serbian singer-songwriter, keyboard player, and actor (Zabranjeno Pušenje)

1963- Mario Been -Dutch footballer and manager

1963- Jon Brion -American singer-songwriter and producer

1963- Claudia Kohde-Kilsch -German tennis player

1963- John Lammers -Dutch footballer and manager

1963- Nigel Winterburn -English footballer and coach

1964- Michel Courtemanche -Canadian comedian and actor

1964- Justin Currie -Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist (Del Amitri and The Uncle Devil Show)

1964- Dave Schools -American singer-songwriter, bass player, and producer (Widespread Panic, Stockholm Syndrome (band)|Stockholm Syndrome, and J Mascis + The Fog)

1964- Cosy Sheridan -American singer-songwriter

1964- Carolyn Waldo -Canadian swimmer

1965- Jay Bell -American baseball player and coach

1965- Giannis Ragousis -Greek economist and politician, Ministry of National Defence (Greece)|Greek Minister for National Defence

1965- Alison Watt (Scottish painter)|Alison Watt -Scottish painter

1966- Gary Dourdan -American actor

1966- Göran Kropp -Swedish mountaineer (d. 2002)

1966- Leon Lai -Chinese singer and actor

1967- Mo'Nique -American comedian, actress, and producer

1967- DJ Yella -American DJ and producer (N.W.A and World Class Wreckin' Cru)

1968- Fabrizio Ravanelli -Italian footballer and manager

1969- Viswanathan Anand -Indian chess player

1969- Francisco Javier Arellano Félix -Mexican drug trafficker

1969- Stig Inge Bjørnebye -Norwegian footballer and manager

1969- Sean Grande -American sportscaster

1969- Max Martini -American actor, director, and screenwriter

1969- Alessandro Melli -Italian footballer

1970- Victoria Fuller -American glamour model, artist, and actress

1971- Willie McGinest -American football player and sportscaster

1972- Daniel Alfredsson -Swedish ice hockey player

1972- Sami Al-Jaber -Saudi Arabian footballer and manager

1972- Andriy Husin -Ukrainian footballer and manager (d. 2014)

1972- Rusty Joiner -American model and actor

1973- Mos Def -American rapper and actor (Black Star (group)|Black Star and Soulquarians)

1974- Rey Mysterio -American wrestler

1974- Maarten Lafeber -Dutch golfer

1974- Lisa Ortiz -American voice actress

1974- Ben Shephard -English journalist and television host

1975- Gerben de Knegt -Dutch cyclist

1975- Tomoka Kurotani -Japanese actress

1975- Dawn Steele -Scottish actress

1976- Shareef Abdur-Rahim -American basketball player, coach, and manager

1977- Brandon Rogers (singer)|Brandon Rogers -American singer

1977- Mark Streit -Swiss ice hockey player

1978- Roy Wood, Jr. -American comedian, actor, and radio host

1979- Valdis Mintals -Estonian figure skater

1979- Rider Strong -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1980- Kristjan Kitsing -Estonian basketball player

1981- Nikki Benz -Ukrainian-Canadian porn actress

1981- Hamish Blake -Australian comedian, actor, and author

1981- Jeff McComsey -American author and illustrator

1981- Paul Medhurst -Australian footballer

1981- Kevin Phillips (actor)|Kevin Phillips -American actor

1981- Javier Saviola -Argentinian footballer

1981- Zacky Vengeance -American guitarist (Avenged Sevenfold)

1982- Pablo Pérez Companc -Argentinian race car driver

1984- Leighton Baines -English footballer

1984- P.J. Lane -Australian actor and singer

1984- Spyros Vrontaras -Greek footballer

1985- Aiko Kayō -Japanese voice actress and singer

1985- Yekta Kurtuluş -Turkish footballer

1985- Anja Prislan -Slovenian tennis player

1986- Roy Hibbert -American basketball player

1987- Clifton Geathers -American football player

1987- Natalia Gordienko -Moldovan singer and dancer

1987- Alex Russell (actor)|Alex Russell -Australian actor

1988- Ashley Hinshaw -American model and actress

1988- Tim Southee -New Zealand cricketer

1989- Murugan Thiruchelvam -English chess player

1990- Derrick Nix -American basketball player

1991- Anna Bergendahl -Swedish singer

1992- Tiffany Alvord -American singer-songwriter

1993- William Corkery -American actor

1993- Tyrone Gilks -Australian motorcycle racer (d. 2013)

1994- Gabriel Basso -American actor

1996- Jack Griffo -American actor

1996- Hailee Steinfeld -American actress